Two passengers from the UK tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday after they arrived at the airport of Kolkata, reported New Delhi Television Ltd. (NDTV)
Amid the new virus strain scare, a flight carrying 222 passengers from the UK arrived at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport on Sunday night, according to the health department officials.
"Twenty-five passengers did not have Covid-19 reports with them so they were taken to a nearby quarantine centre, and their coronavirus tests were conducted. Two tested positive," the West Bengal Health and Family Welfare Department official said.
According to Covid-19 protocols, all international passengers coming to India will have to remain in isolation for seven days.
India has suspended all passenger flights connecting to the UK from Wednesday till 31 December in the wake of the emergence of a mutated variant of coronavirus there, Civil Aviation Ministry said on Monday.
Passengers coming from the UK through flights till Tuesday midnight would be tested for Covid-19 on arrival at airports "as a measure of abundant precaution," it added.